From the Principal's Desk

April 18, 2019

Greetings,

     On Tuesday, congregation extended a call to teach fifth grade next year to Brett Kriese, currently the principal at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Menomenee Falls.  Mr. Kriese is 47 years old and the father of two children ages 14 and 11. He has served at Pilgrim for 20 years and been in ministry for 24 years.  Please keep him in your prayers, asking our Lord to guide Mr. Kriese in his consideration of both calls he now holds.

     Miss Treder continues to consider the call she recently received to teach 1st grade at St. Paul’s Franklin, WI.  Please take time from your schedule to encourage Miss Treder as she considers this call and where her talents will best build Christ’s church.  Pastor Schroeder is still considering his response to a call to Marshfield, WI.  Please keep both of these servants in your prayers. 

     We are currently enrolling International Students for next year and we need host families.  Would you host a student?  There are two opportunities: a 10 day visit in August after school starts, or, for the school year.  We are planning to host 6 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  We are also planning to host 2 or 3 students for the whole year with our 7th or 8th grades classrooms.  Because next year’s 8th grade is a large class, we are considering using 7th grade as the host class.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.  We need families to volunteer!  Please email me if you would like more information, scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

Childcare this summer

Please go to childcare@sjtosa.org

     Have you put the school play on your calendar?  This year we are trying something new.  We have contracted with a company to send two Actor’s Equity people to work with all our students in grades 3-5 for all morning for one week.  They will bring costumes and staging/props for “The Wizard of Oz”.   Supper and games between the performances is planned.  This should be an extravaganza not to be missed! May 10th 3:30 or 6:30

    Information about preschool for next year can be emailed from the office or just give us a call.

     We continue to have scrip cards for sale in the school office.  Will you need some for birthdays and thank you messages over the summer?  Please stop in and stock up.

HAVE A BLESSED EASTER!

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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April 11, 2019

Greetings,

     On Sunday this past weekend, Miss Treder received a call to teach 1st grade at St. Paul’s Franklin, WI.  Please take time from your schedule to encourage Miss Treder as she considers this call and where her talents will best build Christ’s church.  Pastor Schroeder is still considering his response to a call to Marshfield, WI.  Please keep both of these servants in your prayers. 

     Also, on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30pm we will again meet to consider calling someone as our 5th grade teacher.  This meeting may be a bit different, one of the options is also to go the synod assignment committee and ask for an MLC graduate.  Please plan to be there to participate in the discussion of how we might move forward.

     We are currently enrolling International Students for next year and we need host families.  Would you host a student?  There are two opportunities: a 10 day visit in August after school starts, or, for the school year.  We are planning to host 6 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  We are also planning to host 2 or 3 students for the whole year with our 7th or 8th grades classrooms.  Because next year’s 8th grade is a large class, we are considering using 7th grade as the host class.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.  We need families to volunteer!  Please email me if you would like more information, scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

Childcare this summer

Please go to childcare@sjtosa.org

     Have you put the school play on your calendar?  This year we are trying something new.  We have contracted with a company to send two Actor’s Equity people to work with all our students in grades 3-5 for all morning for one week.  They will bring costumes and staging/props for “The Wizard of Oz”.   Supper and games between the performances is planned.  This should be an extravaganza not to be missed! May 10th 3:30 or 6:30

    Information about preschool for next year can be emailed from the office or just give us a call.

      Taxes?  Federal ID number of St. John’s is 39-0986622.       

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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April 4, 2019

Greetings,

Don’t miss the WLHS A Cappella Choir at Sunday worship this weekend.

    Mrs. and Mr. Leyrer returned the calls they had received to serve at Waterloo, WI.  They will continue to support our ministry here at St. John’s.  Pastor Schroeder continues to consider a call to serve at Marshfield, WI.  While he deliberates this new call please encourage him with your appreciation of his work at St. John’s and keep him in your prayers.  Also, we extended a call to Mrs. Laura Schultz to teach 5th grade next year.  Last week, I met with Mrs. Schultz and her husband to discuss this call and now we await her decision.  Again, please pray for God’s guidance for each of these church servants.

     We are currently enrolling International Students for next year and we need host families.  Would you host a student?  There are two opportunities: a 10 day visit in August after school starts, or, for the school year.  We are planning to host 6 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  We are also planning to host 2 or 3 students for the whole year with our 7th or 8th grades classrooms.  Because next year’s 8th grade is a large class, we are considering using 7th grade as the host class.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.  We need families to volunteer!  Please email me if you would like more information, scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

     The Penny Wars are over!!  The competition was a great success.  We had so much donated that even with the bank machines counting the coins, it took hours to determine the winners.  Whole bricks of pennies were donated!  8th grade donated the most money, but the other classes managed to cancel out their success and 1st grade won the war.  More information is included in the Chronicle.

    Information about preschool for next year can be emailed from the office or just give us a call.

      Taxes?  Federal ID number of St. John’s is 39-0986622.       

      In a related article in today’s Chronicle, you can read about the success of our basketball teams in the national competition at Valpo this last weekend.  Thanks to the coaches and parents who invest so much time and effort to allow our teams to use their talents in the name of our school and church. Thanks for your support of their fundraising efforts to cover the costs of attending.  We covered the costs of attending this tournament.

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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March 21, 2019

Greetings,

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS, FOR DISCOVERY DAY TIME AND DONATIONS!

    Report cards are coming home today.  Please return the envelope tomorrow. 

     Mrs. and Mr. Leyrer continue to consider the calls they have received to serve at Waterloo, WI.  Please keep them in your prayers as they plan for their future church work.  Pastor Schroeder has just received a call to serve at Marshfield, WI.  Watch for more information on this Sunday.  Also, we extended a call to Mrs. Laura Schultz to teach 5th grade next year when congregation met on Tuesday night.  Mrs. Schultz currently teaches grades 3 and 4 at Trinity/St. Lukes School in Watertown, WI.  She will complete 10 years in the teaching ministry this May.  Again, please keep all these church servants in your prayers that they may clearly see God’s plan for their lives.

    Information about preschool for next year can be emailed from the office or just give us a call.

    Congratulations to those students invited to represent our school in the WISCO Forensics competition.  Thanks for representing us!  We are looking forward to hearing about your success.

     Also, congratulations to the former students of St. John's: Jared Denk, Elijah Henning, Ryan Lueck, Kaitlyn Rhyner, Grace Rindfleisch, Lilly Gantner, Hailey Rhyner, Chloe Todor, Julia Treichel, Zoe Buske, Alyssa Ebeling, Ben Haakenson, Mason Ruh, Lauren Beck, Reagan Godager, Alex Hernandex, Tony Jones, Madison Sipe and GraceMarie Theesfeld.  These former students all were on the 3rd quarter Honor Roll at Wisco.  We celebrate your success!!     

Taxes?  Federal ID number of St. John’s is 39-0986622.       

     Thank you to the CES Committee and parent volunteers who put so much effort into Discovery Day.  It’s always enjoyable but only possible because so many parents help.  THANKS!

      Keep our Basketball teams in your prayers.  They participate in the National Lutheran School Basketball Tournament held at Valparaiso University Indiana next weekend.  Thanks for your support of their fundraising efforts to cover the costs of attending.

~Enjoy the day, enjoy Spring Break~

Mr. Uecker



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March 14, 2019

Greetings,

Discovery Day Tomorrow!!

     Thank you to the CES Committee and parent volunteers who put so much effort into tomorrow’s Discovery Day.  It’s a day of educational fun and learning from a variety of community resources.  It’s always enjoyable but only possible because so many parents help.  THANKS!

     Tomorrow is also the end of the 3rd Quarter so report cards will come out next week Thursday.  While we did delay the mid-term report because of weather days, we are not delaying the report card, so this quarter is 7 days less than planned.  Again, between the number of extra hours and days already in our planned calendar we are not making any alterations to our calendar.

     Last Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Leyrer received calls to teach at St. John’s Waterloo, WI.  Mrs. L is being asked to teach grades 3&4, Mr. L is asked to teach grades 5&6, serve as Athletic Director and as Assistant Principal.  Waterloo has an enrollment of 46 students.  Please keep them in your prayers asking God to guide their decision in a way that will best serve His Kingdom.

CALL MEETING FOR A FIFTH GRADE TEACHER

6:30 PM TUESDAY, MARCH 19TH

     Last week you should have received the results of the Winter MAP testing.  If you have questions about your child’s results please contact the teacher, Mr. Duncan or me for an explanation or discussion of the results.

     CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 31 STUDENTS WHO PERFORMED IN THE PIANO FESTIVAL AT WLHS LAST WEEKEND.  SPECIAL COMMENDATIONS TO THE 11 STUDENTS INVITED TO THE HONORS RECITAL!!

     We are announcing the new Childcare Director!  She is Miss Rachel Wendland.  Miss Wendland is a member of St. John’s who graduated from Martin Luther College (MLC) with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  She began an Early Childhood Program in Anchorage, Alaska and also led an Early Childhood program in Delano, Minnesota through the Minnesota Certification process.  She will begin her service here March 18th.  WELCOME!

Have you had a chance to greet the MLC Teaching Candidates?

Holly Wildeman (3rd grade)  Kiernan Handy (7th grade)

~Enjoy the day~

    Mr. Uecker



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March 7, 2019

Greetings,

This is the season of academic and athletic contests, for us, there is special news in Spelling, Math and Basketball.

     Congratulations to Tyler Vitangcol, 1st grade, and Nadia Alejandro, 3rd grade, for their FIRST PLACE awards in the Conference Spelling Bee hosted at WISCO.  Thank you to all participating students for representing us in such an excellent way!!

     Our Math Track teams took 3rd and 5th place in the conference competition at WISCO.  Special recognition goes to Tiffany Chen and Jacob Alejandro who tied for third place in the individual ranking of the 7-8 grade competition.  Thanks to each of the students who represented us.

     Our Basketball teams played in the State Tournament last weekend.  The girls took First Place in state.  Congratulations to Coach Siegmund and his team.  Now, they go on to compete in the National Lutheran Basketball Tournament at Valparaiso University in Indiana on the weekend of March 28th.  GO TOSA!!

     The boys played in the same state tournament at Concordia University and took 3rd place after a “squeaker” loss.  They too are invited to the national tournament at Valpo.  Let’s see if they can take the 1st place trophy.  Play hard!

(Click here for more details)

     We are announcing the new Childcare Director!  She is Miss Rachel Wendland.  Miss Wendland is a member of St. John’s who graduated from Martin Luther College (MLC) with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  She began an Early Childhood Program in Anchorage, Alaska and also led an Early Childhood program in Delano, Minnesota through the Minnesota Certification process.  She will begin her service here March 18th.  WELCOME!

      Starting this week and going for the next weeks we will have students from Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) and from Martin Luther College (MLC) visiting our classrooms.  Please greet them as you have opportunity.  These students are working on education programs at the two schools and are looking for opportunities to work with our students.

(Click here meet our two Student Teachers from MLC)

     Tax information for this year, tuition and church contributions, will be mailed out UPON REQUEST.  Please direct questions to Mrs. Kieselhorst in the church office she will get the information to you. The state of Wisconsin allows ALL WHO PAY TUITION (K5-Grade 12 private school tuition) to deduct the amount paid from taxable income.  To make use of this deduction you will need the Federal ID number of St. John’s is 39-0986622. 

Enjoy the day,

Mr. Uecker



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February 21, 2019

Greetings,

            Midterm reports will come home today, Thursday, February 21st.  The results of the winter MAP testing will be sent home tomorrow on Friday, February 22nd. Please look at your child’s progress from the Fall testing and from the testing of the previous year.  If you would like to meet with the teacher to discuss the test results, please don’t hesitate to send a message requesting a conference.

     Starting this week and going for the next weeks we will have students from Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) and from Martin Luther College (MLC) visiting our classrooms. Please greet them as you have opportunity.  These students are working on education programs at the two schools and are looking for opportunities to work with our students.

     We have scheduled another call meeting for a 5th grade teacher Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30 pm.  Please put this date on your calendar and plan to be there.  The meeting will have only one agenda item so it should be done in a half hour.

     Congratulations are due to our 7-8 Basketball teams and coaches.  They will represent our school at the Madison Eastside Lutheran School Tournament.  Last week the girls received 1st place at the Wisco Conference Tournament with a double overtime win against Atonement.  The boys took 2nd place losing by a bucket to St. Marcus.  It has been a great year for both teams so far, it would be great if they can top the season off with top places in the tournament this year.  GO TOSA!!

     Tax information for this year, tuition and church contributions, will be mailed out UPON REQUEST.  Please direct questions to Mrs. Kieselhorst in the church office she will get the information to you by the end of the month. The state of Wisconsin allows ALL WHO PAY TUITION (K5-Grade 12 private school tuition) to deduct the amount paid from taxable income.  To make use of this deduction you will need the Federal ID number of St. John’s is 39-0986622. 

     Next week Thursday and Friday our teachers will be at the Milwaukee Metro Teacher’s Conference at Mount Calvary, Waukesha.  The topic for this conference is teaching the Fine Arts.

Curriculum Café, February 21st at 6pm “AMERICA”

Enjoy the day,

Mr. Uecker



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February 14, 2019

Greetings,

     At this time, we will not add days to the school calendar to make up days lost to weather.  The Board has reviewed our hours of instruction for the year and plans to continue following the published calendar.  Teachers have altered their plans for covering the curriculum which will result in some extra homework in the upper grades.  The number of snow days does not endanger our accreditation.  Many schools have to meet annual hourly requirements that will require some make-up days, our year still exceeds those requirements for all grades 6th and lower.  Grades 7 and 8 will regain sufficient hours through the DPI plan of innovative instructional designs through virtual technology.

     Related to the weather days of past weeks, midterms reports will come home Thursday, Feb. 21st.  We hope this report will include the results of the winter MAP testing.

     Two of our 8th grade students have been recognized for academic excellence with awards from the Dost Scholarship of WLHS.  Each student will receive a $4,000 grant for each of four years. Congratulations to Jacob Alejandro and Silas Ebeling. 

     Mr. Paul Frisque returned our call to teach 5th grade for next school year.  We have scheduled another call meeting for Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30 pm.  Please put this date on your calendar and plan to be there.  The meeting will have only one agenda item so it should be done in a half hour.

     Congratulations are due to our 7-8 Basketball teams and coaches.  They have both been invited to the National Lutheran School Basketball Tournament at Concordia University.  It has been a great year for both teams so far, it would be great if they can top the season off with a place in the tournament this year.  GO TOSA!!

     Tax information for this year, tuition and church contributions, will be mailed out UPON REQUEST.  Please direct questions to Mrs. Kieselhorst in the church office she will get the information to you by the end of the month. 

     Are you aware of how tax laws for school tuition have changed?  You can pay school tuition with money that is tax free for the state of Wisconsin!     

Curriculum Café, Feb. 21st 6pm  “AMERICA”

See you at the Volunteer Dinner, call the church office if you missed the registration,

Lord's Blessings,

~Mr. Uecker~



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February 7, 2019

Greetings,

HAPPY 100TH DAY, WE MADE IT!

     It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on school information so there is a lot to cover.  I will be brief without including a lot of background or rationale.

     At this time, we will not add days to the school calendar to make up days lost to weather.  The Board has reviewed our hours of instruction for the year and plans to continue following the published calendar.

     Related to the weather days of past weeks, we will delay the midterms reports one week.  The reports will come home Thursday, Feb. 21st.

     During the weather days, I was able to meet with Mr. Paul Frisque as he considers our call to teach 5th grade for next school year.  He continues to hold our call and asks for your prayers for God’s guidance.

     Preschool Open House  Please put Sunday, February 10th at 11:30-1pm on your calendar if you are interested in talking to teachers and seeing the preschool classrooms.  If you are a member of Grace or any other WELS church in the area, please help us make sure we get information to all your church families.  We rely on word-of-mouth to help assure we contact all who are interested. 

     Extra Open House flyers can be found in the Childcare Room and on the table outside the school office.  Spread the word to family & friends who are looking for a great School, Preschool or Childcare!

     Recently upper grades have participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee and our regional Spelling Bee.  The winner of the NG Bee was Ben Langebartels and Lexi Siegmund won the Spelling Bee.  CONGRATS TO BOTH STUDENTS!!!

     Tax information for this year, tuition and church contributions, will be mailed out UPON REQUEST.  Please direct questions to Mrs. Kieselhorst in the church office she will get the information to you by the end of the month. 

     Are you aware of how tax laws for school tuition have changed?  You can pay school tuition with money that is tax free for the state of Wisconsin!     

Curriculum Café, Feb. 21st 6pm  “AMERICA”

Lord's Blessings,

~Mr. Uecker~



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February 1, 2019

     Thank you to those parents who met with the classroom teachers for this round of Parent-Teacher conferences.  If your conference was schedule for Wednesday, we will contact you to reschedule.

    We will continue to offer a K4 Extension program for next year.  Students in the three-day or five-day K4 program can extend into the afternoon, as in the Tosa public school “K4 wraparound” program.  Our program will be taught by elementary teachers from our school.  For more information please call.

     If you are a member of Grace, please help us make sure we get information to all your church families.  We rely on word-of-mouth to help assure we contact all who are interested. Preschool Open House flyers can be found in the Childcare Room and on the table outside the school office.  Spread the word !

    Tax information for this year, tuition and church contributions, will be mailed out by the end of the month UPON REQUEST.  Please direct questions to Mrs. Kieselhorst in the church office.  You can pay school tuition with money that is tax free! Talk to your tax advisor. 

     On Tuesday, January 22nd, our congregation called Mr. Paul Frisque to teach 5th grade next year.  He currently teaches at St. Jacobi in Milwaukee.  He has 16 years teaching experience.  He is married with one child.  His wife currently teaches at Christ the Lord in Brookfield.  Please keep him in your prayers. 

Stay Warm,

~Mr. Uecker~



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